• Taking Woodstock (2009)

Taking Woodstock

Release Date: August 26th, 2009

DVD Release Date: December 15th, 2009

R |2 hr 0 min

Plot Summary

In the summer of 1969, Elliot Tiber (Demetri Martin) divides his time between Greenwich Village and the upstate ramshackle motel, El Monaco, of his Old World parents. When the proposed venue for the upcoming Woodstock concert falls through, Elliot steps in and plays a pivotal role in the generation-defining event by helping organizers secure Max Yasgur's nearby farm for the festival and offering the El Monaco as the home base.

Cast: Demetri Martin, Imelda Staunton, Emile Hirsch, Liev Schreiber, Eugene Levy, Jonathan Groff, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Henry Goodman

Director: Ang Lee

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Focus Features

Distributors: Focus Features

Keywords: Family, Spirited, 1960s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    NPR

    Taking Woodstock has a winning generosity of spirit, but even that serves chiefly to underline the film's curious inconsequentiality, as if it were a two-hour pilot for a show about a charmingly eccentric family and a rotating cast of colorful guest stars. show more

  • 70
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    It's a low-wattage film about a high-wattage event. Which is somewhat disappointing, though you do get a thoughtful, playful, often amusing film about what happened backstage at one of the '60s' great happenings. show more

  • 50
    Wall Street Journal

    The gentle, ambling Ang Lee comedy that's a few tokes short of groovy. show more

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